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Sources for business history: plans of New Court

Sources for art history: Catalogue of the pictures of Alfred de Rothschild 1901

Sources for yachting history: Plans for Nathaniel von Rothschild's yacht Veglia 1905

Sources for natural history: Walter 2nd Lord Rothschild and his zebra carriage: c.1910

Sources for global financial history: Map of lines of the Brazil Railway Company: c.1920

Sources for business history: index cards to bank files

Sources for social history: Rothschild Hospital Paris: 1920s

Sources for business history: detail of a Rothschild bond coupon

Sources for architectural history: Halton House: 1890s

Sources for the history of travel: Lionel de Rothschild's tours of Spain: 1909

Sources for local history: Tring Park: c.1900

Sources for Royal history: shooting party with Edward Prince of Wales: 1893

Sources for political history: Lionel de Rothschild: first Jewish MP: 1858

Sources for sporting history: St Amant winner of the Derby: 1904

Sources for local history: gardeners at Aston Clinton: 1899

Sources for Rothschild family history: Lionel de Rothschild's yacht Rhodora: 1927

Sources for London history: entrance to New Court: 1965

Sources for design history: plans for Lionel de Rothschild's Rolls-Royce: 1930

Sources for business history: Rothschild gold bars produced by the Royal Mint Refinery: 1930s

Sources for business history: letters of August Belmont Rothschild Agent in New York: 1860s


The enthusiasm for amateur photography which swept Europe in the late 19th century touched more than one member of the Rothschild family, but none more so than Julie (1830-1907) in Paris who, in 1894, took the new art seriously enough to build a studio and darkroom onto her house at 47 rue de Monceau.

Nathaniel Mayer von Rothschild (1836-1905), on his journey through southern Europe, the Levant and North Africa at the turn of the century travelled with a heavy, large-plate camera and published a number of his fine landscape and genre studies in 1901 as Reise Erinnerungen.

In the years leading up to the First World War, the young Lionel de Rothschild (1882-1942) developed a keen interest in photography, particularly the autochrome, a early form of colour photography. Portraits, still lives and landscapes- particularly of the gardens at Gunnersbury and Ascott - all survive. Comprising photograph albums, loose prints, and glass plates the images show countries he visited while on holiday, such as Denmark, Egypt, Italy, Netherlands, Scotland, Spain, Switzerland, Tunisia. The subjects of his photography include his yacht the Rhodora, views of gardens showing plants and flowers, views of towns and buildings, landscapes, bird nests, a bull fight, portraits of family and friends, and scenes that inspired Lionel. The camera equipment he used has survived and includes three cameras made by Newman Guardia Ltd with their respective holders and cases. Read more about The Rothschild autochromes here ยป

Lionel's grandson and namesake Lionel de Rothschild (b.1955) is also an enthusiastic and proficient photographer, combining his love of gardening in the illustrations to The Rothschild Gardens, published in 1996.

The sphinx from an early autochrome by Lionel de Rothschild

The sphinx from an early autochrome by Lionel de Rothschild